Call for proposals 2021 - Capabilities for CBRN risk assessment, detection, early warning and surveillance EDF-2021-MCBRN-R Open!


New and improved methods and technologies for the performant detection, identification and monitoring (DIM) of CBRN agents, as well as epidemics, emerging disease and pandemic influenza constitutes an important part of early detection and warning of infectious disease events (biological hazards),chemical and radiological threats. CBRN early warning systems also collect, integrate, and inform military users, as well as relevant users in the health security sectors, about potential CBRN threats, epidemics, emerging diseases and pandemic influenza that can cause public health emergencies that undermine the full security of countries, from both natural or intentional origins.
Proposals must cover the generation of knowledge, methods and technologies leading to improved capacities for sampling, detection, identification, characterisation, monitoring as well as assessment of CBRN threats with a focus on biological agents, but not excluding chemical or radiological threats.
Activities should include but are not limited to innovative, technological improvements in detection technologies, notably regarding the quality of the basic input, i.e. data from sensors, methodologies and tools (or databases) for the identification and characterization of agents in complex bio-samples including sampling procedures, dynamic mapping of threats, vulnerabilities and capacities to respond at geographical levels, mapping of strategic CBRN detection technologies and related production capacities in Europe, agent classification and spread prediction based on artificial intelligence/machine learning, data processing, control measures, effectiveness of control measures and monitoring of their implementation in real-time, and use on mobile and field based platforms (modular, scalable and adaptable).


This call covers the following topics:

  • EDF-2021-MCBRN-R-CBRNDIM: Detection, identification and monitoring (DIM) of CBRN threats (EDF-2021 - European Defence Fund Action)

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 18,50 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 09 December 2021 - in 2 months (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Call for Proposals (Legal base)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Any legal organisation

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)
  • European Free Trade Association (EFTA)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for External Relations

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